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Roscoe Mitchell: Splatter

Read "Splatter" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The special performances of saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell's Conversation Series with orchestra are cause for celebration. The logistics of more than two dozen players is demanding. Add transcriptions for each instrument, rehearsals, grant writing, and securing an appropriate venue. Mitchell has traveled many miles since his debut Sound (Delmark Records, 1966) and his work in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. These days he has the standing to realize his concepts, and our ears are better for it.

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Roscoe Mitchell: Distant Radio Transmission

Read "Distant Radio Transmission" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes music makes you want to become a better dancer, or maybe even a better lover. With Roscoe Mitchell's music, you can't help but aspire to be a better listener. The co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians creates sounds that transcend jazz, new classical, and avant-garde musics. With Distant Radio Transmission he presents music that he previously recorded (solo or in small improvising groups) and reworked for a 33-piece orchestra, ...

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Roscoe Mitchell and Ostravska Banda: Distant Radio Transmission

Read "Distant Radio Transmission" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Roscoe Mitchell, a co-founder of the AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago, continues to discover new intersections of jazz, classical and avant-garde music with Distant Radio Transmission. As he approaches eighty years of age Mitchell has waved off time and tradition, reinventing the AEoC brand with the orchestrated—sometimes operatic—We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi Recordings, 2019), a project that bore little resemblance to the group's historical discography. On this album, he draws on past compositions to ...

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Four Masters and More

Read "Four Masters and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

After a segment of 21st century music from Andy Fusco, Matt Criscuolo, Wycliffe Gordon and Fred Hersch, we go into celebration mode--saluting Sonny Rollins (with Max Roach) because he IS Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck (with some gorgeous Paul Desmond on the rarely played 'Jazz Goes To College) on their centennial, and 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Roscoe Mitchell! Along the way Dinah Washington, Henry Threadgill and Lester Bowie. Gifts & Messages, coloring both inside ...

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Roscoe Mitchell / Matthew Shipp: Accelerated Projection

Read "Accelerated Projection" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here's one from the vaults that still retains currency. This duo recital captures pianist Matthew Shipp and reedman Roscoe Mitchell in concert at the 2005 Sant'Anna Arresi festival in Sardinia. Shipp has enjoyed a lengthy association with the veteran Art Ensemble of Chicago founder, documented on This Dance For Steve McCall (Black Saint, 1992) and Nine To Get Ready (ECM, 1999). Even though the pianist has since forged a successful career as leader, the pair--who can be counted among the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Roscoe Mitchell: Accelerated Projection

Read "Accelerated Projection" reviewed by Don Phipps

The level of musicianship exhibited on the Roscoe Mitchell-Matthew Shipp collaboration Accelerated Projection is amazing to behold. Mitchell of course co-founded the influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), which gave birth to many great “free jazz" musicians. He also co-founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a group that has achieved legendary status among many of the jazz intelligentsia. Shipp, a stalwart of the New York City scene, was part of the legendary David S. Ware Quartet and ...

LIVE REVIEW

Ostrava Days 2017

Read "Ostrava Days 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 24-30, 2017 A newer breed of industrially-attuned tourism is evident in the city of Ostrava, in the north-east of the Czech Republic, and very close to Poland's border. One of its biggest attractions is the relatively recently retired coal mining and blast furnace complex, which unusually combined the entire digging, coking and ore-ing activities, all in the same area. Since closing down, ...


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